This is the second book I have read by this author, and it definitely won’t be the last. This talented author gives us a story about two individuals, that is heartbreaking as well as heartwarming. Lindsay , now divorced and pregnant, has decided to return to the town that was home. Damien Trent, an ex-Marine, has returned as well. He is back not due to happy memories, but for the funeral of his abusive father and to sell the home that held painful memories. He comes across Lindsay on the road when her car breaks down. They are both surprised to see each other. She was the only one that lend him a hand as a child, and he was the one she had a crush for most of her youth. As the story progresses , we see how they are both healing but trust is still a struggle for them. Fears of not being good enough , and of not running away from what could be a hopeful future, are constantly in Damien’s mind. It was touching to see how sweet and wonderful Damien was with baby Maris. A reminder that what makes a parent is not only biology, but the nurturing displayed since birth. Ms James gives us an engaging plot with characters that are complex and endearing. Looking forward to what she has in store in future books . I was gifted this copy. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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I really enjoyed this sweet love story. The characters I thought were very well done. The hero, Damien is our bad boy turned ex-Marine. The heroine is played by Lindsey, town sweetheart, returning home as a pregnant divorcee. The chemistry is still there between these two, which makes for a delightful story. The birth of baby Maris was one of my favorite parts of the story. It seemed a little short and rushed to me. Maybe because I found it so touching and the turning point to their relationship. I just felt it deserved more detail. Both characters are strong individuals, having gone through their own nightmares. Lindsey's ex was verbally abusive and controlling. Depleting her of any self as-steam. Damien's nightmare started as a child from his drunken fathers beatings. Then was added to by his several stays in Afghanistan. Together they find themselves stronger and more capable to work through their issues. There is a line from the story that to me sums up this story line. “....for a second chance at first love rarely came twice in a lifetime.” Loved this book and I recommend it. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and Net Galley. My thanks to them. I am voluntarily providing my honest review
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I found In With the Tide by Charlee James, book one in her Cape Cod Shores series a delightful second chance story. There’s more than one way people have second chances. In this story Lindsey is returning to Cape Cod very pregnant, divorced, and looking for a fresh start to her life. Damien is not back in Cape Cod by choice but to deal with his abusive father’s estate. Lindsey is stranded on the side of the road by car trouble and Damien comes to the rescue, reuniting these two old friends. Lindsey thought she and Damien could be more than friends, back in their school days, until he enlisted and left her behind. As they reacquaint themselves they find the attraction is still there. The problem is Damien is used to being a lone wolf, not staying in one place. The more time he spends time with Lindsey and her newborn baby the more he wonders if he is strong enough to overcome his demons so he can stay and have the kind of family he’d always wanted. I enjoyed reading this story. Ms. James wrote an excellent story, keeping me interested in this story so that I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers and look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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